Freikorps Detachment Von Randow Knight’s Cross


Condition: Excellent

Pattern: 1st Class

In stock

Product Description: Rare Freikorps Detachment Von Randow Knight’s Cross constructed of silvered tombak with black enamel, consisting of a vaulted Maltese Cross, the obverse with black enameled arms which has some damage and broken sections.  The reverse with a vertical pinback meeting a flat wire catch, unmarked, measuring, weighing 9 grams, This Von Randow Knight’s Cross is in excellent condition.




Historical Description: The Freikorps Detachment von Randow German Knight’s Cross was established and designed by Captain Alfred von Randow in March 1919. The cross was primarily conferred upon members of the Volunteer Detachment von Randow, a unit that was formed in January 5, 1919 and tasked with establishing security in the Baltic region.
The award is also known as “Randow Cross”. The cross was established to strengthen comradeship in the unit and to serve as a reminder of days gone by. The cross was originally established in two grades, the standard Knight’s Cross and a Breast Star in Silver. The Knight’s Cross was issued for four months of meritorious service, and the Breast Star in Silver was issued for six months of meritorious service. The first award ceremony took place on April 12, 1919, just nine days after the first batch of crosses had been delivered. The award was issued together with a certificate. The Breast Star in Silver was only awarded to four officers: Captain Alfred von Randow, detachment adjutant Leutnant G. Negendank, and commanders of Northern and Southern groups of the detachment, Hauptmann Meyer and Hauptmann Ebert. In May 1919, two grades were added: the Breast Star in Gold and the Grand Cross. The standard Knight’s Cross was divided into grades, I and II Class.



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